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Bentley Dismisses TV Deal Criticism
Australian Racing Board & Queensland Racing chairman Bob Bentley has dismissed criticism by VRC chief executive Dale Monteith of last week's broadcast deal between Sky Channel & Queensland Racing (instead of with TVN), according to smh.com.au. Suggesting that race clubs "have too much power within racing and the only way the sport can develop is with one central body making the big decisions," Bentley asked, "How can a club like the VRC comment on that deal when they don't even sell their rights exclusively to TVN? The Queensland media rights were negotiated by Queensland Racing but in the end it was the clubs' decision [acting as a cohesive bloc] which provider to go with and they decided to go with Sky." Bentley declared "a centralised model with one controlling body would best serve racing" however "it would require clubs to give up their long-held ability to do what is best for themselves... if racing went to one controlling body it would be stronger. It would lead to better stake money, better programming and better racing”. Queensland Racing's new 10-year deal with Sky starts July 1.